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Joni Morris, A Tribute to

Patsy Cline

Saturday, January 10 at 7:30

 

Patsy Cline was a legend in her own time and her lights have not faded. She is more popular now than ever before with her heart-breaking melodies of love lost. Now, Joni Morris pays her own special tribute to the queen of country music and has been playing sold out crowds across the country with her tribute show.

 

Joni Morris, from Stockton, California, has toured nationally for over 20 years with her talented "Jordonaires" singing style band. Her "After Midnight Band" will include Darren Green on drums and vocals from French Camp, Fernando Luna on bass guitar and vocals from Hayward,Brad Powers on lead guitar and vocals from Lodi, and Michael Whirlow on keyboards and vocals from Stockton.

 

Audiences love Joni's tributes to the music of Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, and Legendary Ladies in Country Music. She is a dazzling entertainer! You'll hear Patsy's biggest hit songs like "I Fall to Pieces," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Sweet Dreams," and "Crazy." You can also expect to hear a sample of Joni's own original music in every show. She adds comedy, eye-catching costumes, and lots of audience interaction to each performance. This is a show no Patsy Cline fan should miss!  Reserved seats $24. Click here to purchase your reserved seats

 

 


  

 

“Green Places: A Celebration of Celtic and Irish Music”

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 

 

As a way of paying homage to St. Patrick’s Day (and as a nod to the bit of Irish in all of us!), the flute and piano duo, comprised of Sacramento flutist Dr. Alice Lenaghan and Woodland pianist Dr. Jana Olvera, will perform a special seasonal concert featuring both traditional and modern Irish and Celtic music for flute and piano, solo piano, solo flute, and flute and voice. The performers will present their trademark lively commentary before each piece, bringing the music to life so that both seasoned concert-goers as well as classical newcomers can enjoy and appreciate the musical experience. Woodland soprano Katie Carlson, a graduate of the University of the Pacific and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will be a featured guest artist on the program. “Green Places” will mark the 10th anniversary performance of “Keys and Breeze” which has delighted audiences in Woodland, Davis and Sacramento since 2005.

 

“Keys and Breeze” is a classical duo featuring Dr. Alice Lenaghan (flute) and Dr. Jana Olvera (piano). They have joyfully collaborated on a series of concerts in Woodland, Davis and Sacramento over the last ten years that have delighted audiences with their fresh, vivacious approach to live classical performance. The duo enjoys performing both standard and “off-the-beaten-path” repertoire, and the artists seek to make classical concerts more audience-friendly through the use of humor, engaging verbal commentary, and intriguing repertoire choices. Past concerts with unique thematic titles such as “Who’s Afraid of Modern Music?” “Le Menu Musical” (an all-French program), and “Love is in the Air” (a Valentine’s Day concert presented at the Woodland Opera House in 2009) featured the performers moving seamlessly from solo to ensemble repertoire and mingling introductory comments on composers and styles with candid observations and innovative perspectives. Keys and Breeze was awarded a performance grant through the Yolo County Arts Council the California Arts Council, and was featured in a series of concerts in Yolo County in 2011 that included “Eureka!: Golden works by California Composers” in honor of California Arts Day.

 

In active orchestral musician both locally and nationally, Alice Lenaghan is Principal Flute of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed Principal Flute with the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Napa Symphonies, and Sacramento and Michigan Operas. As a soloist, she frequently presents solo recitals and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the Folsom Lake Symphony and center stage at the California State Fair. Dr. Lenaghan has served on the faculties of California State University-Chico, Albion College, Concordia and Oakland (MI) Universities and for many years directed the Flute Ensembles with the Sacramento Youth Symphony. As a member of Duo Viva, Dr. Lenaghan’s premiere CD is available from the Little Piper Music Catalogue. She holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Leone Buyse, Christine Smith, Michel Debost and Ervin Monroe. Dr. Lenaghan lives with her husband in Sacramento where she enjoys cooking, reading, skiing, yoga and is an award winning knitter.

 

Pianist Jana LaHood Olvera, a native of Illinois, is active as a teacher and as a solo and collaborative artist. She earned degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bradley University (B.M.) and the University of Illinois (M.M.) and also studied piano at the graduate level at Indiana University. In 2000, she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, and explored developments in music criticism in the 1830s in her doctoral essay, “Composers as Critics: Two Case Studies in the Reception of the Romantic Piano Sonata.” At the University of Iowa, Dr. Olvera taught studio and class piano and participated in student and faculty programs as a soloist and chamber musician. From 1999-2001 Dr. Olvera was an assistant professor of piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Since moving to Woodland, CA, Dr. Olvera has presented several solo programs at the Woodland Opera House, including “Animalia,” a family-oriented solo piano recital, and a program of 19th century repertoire titled “Simply Romantic.” Dr. Olvera teaches classical piano to intermediate and advanced pianists in Woodland, where she lives with her husband Armando and two children. She is also the classic service pianist at University Covenant Church in Davis. 

 

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $10 for students under the age of 17.

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Scott Helmer in Concert

Saturday, March 21st at 7:30

 

 


 

Golden West Winds from the USAF Band

of the Golden West

Saturday, April 11 at 7:30

 

The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California.  Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet.  To support these events the Golden West Winds plays music of all styles including marches, jazz and classical music.

Tailoring every show to its audience, the Golden West Winds performs a variety of different community relations concerts throughout the western United States.  The group can perform several completely distinctive shows at any time.  Their “Americana” show is suitable for any audience while the educational show is specialized young students.  The recital program is perfect for any concert hall or chamber music series.


The Golden West Winds’ innovative music education program allows the group to share their enthusiasm and expertise in a lively, interactive concert presented to elementary students.  For middle school through college school students, the quintet provides concerts, clinics, and master classes.  In this capacity, The Golden West Winds has performed at schools such as the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Redlands.  The ensemble’s recital show was featured in 2012 at the Camerata Musica concert series as well as the College of the Siskiyous Performing Arts Series.The members of the Golden West Winds are all professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives.